Get inspiration for your race list for 2020 and beyond with our pick of this week’s sea-salty bucket races…
The Purbeck Running Festival
If you like your coast on the rugged side, head to the Jurassic Coast for The Purbeck Running Festival and soak up the area’s spectacular history and landscapes – not to mention a few erm, big hills.
With over 3,000 foot elevation in the marathon route, this s not for faint-hearted, (if you go for the Ultra distance, you’ll climb over 7000 feet – that’s over 1 ½ times the height of Ben Nevis!) But with views over Corfe Castle, Portland and the Isle of Wight, all that climbing will be worth it. Plus you start and finish at the seafront in Swanage, for ease of post-race icing in the sea! Choose from 54, 26.2. 16 miles, 10k and 5k.
For more information, click here.
Rat Race Coast to Coast
If you’re looking for an epic multi-sport event – and still wilder coastal weather – head further North to the Scottish Highlands for this year’s Rat Race Coast to Coast (the team at GRTW have done this one – big thumbs up from us!)
Run, bike and kayak past the historic Cawdor Castle, the legendary Loch Ness and the mountainous Glen Nevis and Glen Coe. This breathtaking 105 route takes in some of the most mysterious and wild locations in Scotland.
For more information visit https://ratracecoasttocoast.co.uk/
Sarajevo Half Marathon
Away from the coast, but a beautiful location for a September mini-break, taking in the popular Sarajevo Half marathon. The forecast is in the early 20s, and sunny for this weekend – perfect for a post-race stroll around the old town’s markets, coffee houses and bars, soaking up this peaceful city’s fascinating blend of East and West.
For more information visit https://www.sarajevomarathon.ba/en/half-marathon/
The Flamingo Beach Marathon
The inaugural Flamingo Beach Marathon route includes spectacular views along the pacific ocean; starting and finishing at the world famous Playa Flamingo – Guanacaste.
Don’t let the name deceive you, though – you won’t find a large population of flamingos here. Rather, the right weather conditions have been known to turn the sand a beautiful, subtle shade of pink. Combined with stunning clear blue waters and peaceful and sophisticated Costa Rican vibe, we can think of worst places for a ‘post-Marathon hobble’!
For more information, visit http://flamingobeachmarathon.net/